Tin Can Telecom is a web art project that makes use of wireless Internet frequencies (WiFi) and a modified Cantenna (description of cantenna below). The artwork acts as portable public announcement system that makes silent announcements to individuals seeking open wireless networks. Tin Can Telecom consists of a wireless web server that emits a wireless Internet access point open to the public. When someone chooses to connect to the Internet using the Tin Can Telecom network, they are automatically directed to a website that hosts a public service announcement devised by the artist.
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The Tin Can Telecom is best suited to be installed in locales where there are individuals using laptops that are potentially looking for open wireless Internet connections. The Artwork has been installed at a public library in Montreal and in the central meeting room at HTMLLes (feminist media arts festival in Montreal). In both instances, individuals had the opportunity to connect to a network called ‘~BaCk~PaIN~.’ When someone connects to this network, they are instantly directed to a series of hand drawn animations that illustrated techniques for achieving better posture while working with computers. When a new user connects to the network the physical antenna unit produces a ‘bleep bloop blip’ sound to indicate that someone is looking at the website. The Tin Can Telecom network is a closed network and does not connect to any outside websites.